Where’s Pauldo?

It all started while on my first zoo job at the Milwaukee County Zoo. They asked me to paint lichen on a tree trunk in a rhino hornbill exhibit in the aviary. While I was making the green-and-gray blobs, I realized one of them looked sort of like a silhouette of a person, so I added a tall collar and a pompadour and, voila — Elvis! Continue reading

The Discovery of Lost Iluria

In 1877 a British ancestor of mine, Sir Miles Yardley-Furlong, wrote a memoir of his discovery of a lost civilization in the headwaters of the Amazon. His claims were incredible in the original sense of the word, as in, unbelievable. But the tale is so entertaining I decided to publish the manuscript in late 2011. Continue reading